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#680576 - 02/11/09 01:52 PM Best Digital Piano For £500?
Cyph3r Offline
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Registered: 07/21/07
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Loc: Shropshire, UK
Right, first off I'm sorry, I know I've made threads about what Digital Piano I should buy before, but due to complications and lack of money/time I ended up not buying a new digital piano.

However, I know have £500 in hand to spend on a Digital Piano. I'm leaning heavily towards the Casio PX 320 as it looks very good and I've found it for £500 included a wooden a stand which is very good as most places sell it for £560 without any stand.

So what do you guys think, go with the PX320 yeah?

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#680577 - 02/11/09 02:27 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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It's not a bad price for a good keyboard.
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#680578 - 02/11/09 02:28 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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What about the Casio PX-720, same price at most places? The PX-320 is £499 here, not sure if the stand is included as shown though.

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#680579 - 02/11/09 02:34 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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Originally posted by crusadar:
What about the Casio PX-720, same price at most places?

FAIR DEAL MUSIC, BIRMINGHAM

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I'm pretty sure that doesn't include the stand. Also it's £50 over, and it doesn't really have much extra over the PX320.

Any other recommended pianos for under £500?

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#680580 - 02/11/09 02:53 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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I've played one of THESE and they are very nice pianos for the price, that's if you want a good grand piano sound and nice keyboard touch, otherwise they don't have all those gizmo's the Casio's have.

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#680581 - 02/11/09 03:16 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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I want to stay away from Gear4Musics pianos as I've heard that theyre lower end models from other brands just rebranded as Gear4Musics own. However, I was going to buy the Casio PX 320 with stand from them for £500.

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#680582 - 02/11/09 03:50 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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There's other things to consider when buying a DP, the length of Warranty? is it on site warranty or are you responsible for getting it back to the retailer at your cost? Thomann's in Germany give a three year on site warranty are there others?

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#680583 - 02/11/09 05:42 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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How does the Yamaha YDP140 compare to the PX320. Which one is better?

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#680584 - 02/12/09 09:56 AM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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Tried out the Yamaha P85 today, thought it was pretty nice, sound was lacking in my opinion, felt 'empty' but the action was nice. Im yet to try out a PX 320. I should be soon.

Yamaha P85 with Stand = £500
Casio PX 320 with Stand = £500

This might be a tough choice.

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#680585 - 02/12/09 05:31 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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320 has far more features and tones, and more polyphony. But sound and quality wise there about the same.

I'd recommend the px320 over the p85.

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#680586 - 02/12/09 05:47 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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Alright, well i played the P85, wasnt EXTREMELY impressed with the sound, like i said, it seemed hollow and even on max volume it was pretty quiet.

I'll see how I feel once i manage to try out a PX 320.

Seems I'll be going with teh PX 320 though so far.

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#680587 - 02/13/09 08:38 AM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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I was talking to my local music shop, the one i tried the P 85 at, and I asked if they had a Casio PX320 I could try out, and they said they dont stock Casios becuase Yamahas are much superior.

Is this true, or just salesman crap cos theyre dedicated yamaha dealers?

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#680588 - 02/13/09 02:13 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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Alright I think I'll just order the PX320, theres a 14 day money back guarentee, so if i dont like it, ill just send it back.

any comments on the YDP140 vs PX320?

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#680589 - 02/14/09 05:46 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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Another update here, SERIOUSLY considering the YDP140, going to try it out on monday.

Thoughts on the YDP140?

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#680590 - 02/14/09 08:00 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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try also YDP160, which has better speaker system than that on YDP140 and better action. but it's a little more expensive.

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#680591 - 02/14/09 11:56 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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signa is right. The 160 is better (much better) than the 140. I don't know the UK price, but here in the colonies it's, what, $1300-$1500. That's a bit above the OP's £500 ($720) limit. (My ... has the pound shrunk, or the dollar grown??)

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#680592 - 02/15/09 05:04 AM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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I would really love the YDP160, the price is an issue here. YDP140 = £500 which is fine, the YDP160 is £720 (it's pretty hard to get in this country aswell for some reason).

And I'm not sure if better action and better speakers are worth an extra £200. Becuase apart from that, it's exactly the same as the YDP140.

If I can get my local music shop down to £600 on the YDP160 (wishful thinking?) then I'll definately go for it.

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#680593 - 02/15/09 11:11 AM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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The 140 has the GHS keyboard.

The 160 has the GHE keyboard. Much much better.

Suggestion/possibility: Wait a while, save the extra £220, and get the YDP160. You'll not be spending an extra £220. Rather, you **won't** be spending £500 on a DP that you'll outgrow, sell off for 1/2 its orig. price, and then spend £720 for the better DP. Just a thought.

Does anyone have info explaining why the 160 is hard to get in the UK?

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#680594 - 02/15/09 01:46 PM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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Yeah, like I said, if I can get them down to £600 on the YDP160 I'll get it. If not, I'll get the YDP140, the improvements of the YDP160 aren't worth an extra £220.

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#680595 - 02/16/09 06:46 AM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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I tried the YDP140, and I loved it, the YDP160 is NOT worth the extra £220 for me.

The YDP140 sounds so much better than the P85 its unbelieveable.

I wont however, be buying the piano from my local music shop. They wanted £600 for the floor model, which has been there for ages and is frequently played. Whereas, I can get it brand new, for £500 off the internet.

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#680596 - 02/16/09 07:25 AM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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(L. HOrwinkle) The 140 has the GHS keyboard.

The 160 has the GHE keyboard. Much much better.
While I don't have experience with those two particular models, between two others with GHS & GHE, my initial decision was the same as yours Cypher. Not enough difference to be worth it. Then I ended up bringing both of them home (long story), and after spending more time to get adjusted to both actions, I ended up realizing a much stronger preference for GHE.

At the end of the day it still may be the same for you (I.E. not worth it), but at the very least spend some significant time with them in the shop before you make a final decision (even if you buy online). I.M.o> the GHE action is a significant upgrade- so much so that I even sacrificed tone quality in the one I returned for the better action, but Y.M.M.V.

Good luck.

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#680597 - 02/16/09 07:55 AM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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Thing is, it'll be adding HALF the initial price of the piano on top, just for better action?

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#680598 - 02/16/09 09:28 AM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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Half as much more?! Yeah I could see how that might be too huge a difference to justify, especially considering that you said you love the GHS action already. Looks like both have the same samples, polyphony, other features that matter to you etc? 40 watts vs. 12 watts is the only other thing.

Anyway, I'd still spend as much time with the demos as possible, maybe when the store is quiet, right when they open or something. Because one thing in particular I didn't notice until I got them both in a quiet setting, was how much louder the GHE action is (physical "thud" sounds) than GHS you notice at low volumes. But that could have been something specific to the two models I had, apart from "effect" vs. "standard" action, and might not be a factor on any of the YDP's. Or even if it is, it doesn't bother everyone.

For some reason I just don't notice these things right away in the shops. There's one key that makes an artificial ringing sound after the attack on mine on piano 1 only, that's on no other key or piano setting. Played it every way in the store, just didn't notice it until I got home. This is why I like to stick to B&M shops vs. online, for no hassle returns.

But yours looks like too good of a deal on the YDP-140 to pass up. That's probably the smartest move overall.

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#680599 - 02/16/09 10:51 AM Re: Best Digital Piano For £500?
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Yeah when I went to try out the YDP140 today I went it as the shop opened, no one else was in, i played it through the internal speakers, then i used headphones, then i asked the shop owners to have a play so i could hear what it sounded like then, i played on low volume and the keys were barely audible which is nice.

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